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June 2015. CESCA faculty member Jung-Min "Jerry" Park has been promoted to the rank of Professor by the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors on June 1, 2015.
Congratulations to Dr. Park!
May 2015. The following students have completed their degree and have graduated in Spring 2015.
May 2015. The following students will take an internship during Summer 2014.
May 2015. The sixth annual CESCA Day was held on Saturday, May 2 at the Multipurpose Room of the Graduate Life Center (GLC) at Virginia Tech. The welcoming remarks were given by Dr. Michael Hsiao and Dr. Luke Lester, the ECE Department Head. The keynote address was provided by Professor Makoto Nagata from Graduate School of System Informatics at Kobe University in Japan.
As one of the high points of CESCA Day, CESCA Awards were given to several graduate students.
CESCA Outstanding Student Award (2 awards): Aydin Aysu (Advisor: Schaumont) and Hassan Eldib (Advisors: Wang)
CESCA Best Presentation Award: Abhijit Sarkar (Advisor: Abbott)
CESCA Best Poster Award (3 awards): Hassan Eldib (Advisor: Wang), Nahid Farhady Ghalaty (Advisor: Schaumont), and Ege Gulcan (Advisor: Schaumont)
CESCA Best Video Award: Sudeep Bhattarai & He Li (1st place), Lu Zhang (2nd place)
Please go to the CESCA Awards page for more information about the award criteria and qualifications.
Congratulations to Aydin, Hassan, Abhijit, Nahid, Ege, Sudeep, He, and Lu!
March 2015. One of the CESCA graduate students, Sherin Aly, was awarded third place for her poster presentation at the Interdisciplinary Research Symposium 2015 held at Virginia Tech. The symposium was hosted by the Interdisciplinary Research Honor Society at Virginia Tech. The poster was titled "Facial Expression Recognition Using the Kinect" and was co-authored with Dr. Lynn Abbott.
February 2015. The following students recently completed their dissertation work.
December 2014. The following students will be graduating in Fall 2014.
Update - January 2015. Additional student has been added to the list of students who graduated in Fall 2014.
In additions, Abhay Rao Bhadriraju graduated in Summer 2014 with M.S. degree. His advisor was Dr. Yaling Yang, and his thesis was titled "Misuse Detection in Dynamic Spectrum Access Networks." He is currently working at Bloomberg L.P. in New York as a software developer.
August 2014. Professor Michael Hsiao became the most recent CESCA Director! The following is his brief about being the new director.
I’m honored to have this opportunity to serve as CESCA Director over the next couple of years. I’m humbled to take the baton after the excellent work of the previous CESCA directors, Prof. Dong Ha, Prof. Sandeep Shukla, and most recently Prof. Patrick Schaumont. They have devoted much energy and time to shape CESCA into what it is today. I count myself fortunate to have their footsteps to follow.
The many fruits of CESCA have resulted from the dedication of its faculty members and students. CESCA has been an incubator of rising talent. For example, it has bred 7 NSF CAREER Awards, a noteworthy accomplishment that speaks to the very core of the dedication of its faculty. The faculty members’ successes are not possible without the research students’ creative work. Every new discovery and each innovation are the reasons we come to work every day. While the publications and grants are great, the students that we graduate are the most satisfying deliverables!
I plan to continue the good work that my predecessors have started. I hope that I may help each CESCA member reach their next goal during my time as director. With your support, I believe we can take CESCA to the next level. As such, I firmly believe the best days of CESCA are yet to come!
Update! Dr. Haibo Zeng's bio page has been published.
August 2014. Dr. Haibo Zeng joins CESCA in Fall 2014 as an assistant professor of Bradley Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering. He received his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences from University of California at Berkeley, and B.E. and M.E. in Electrical Engineering from Tsinghua University, Beijing, China. He was a senior researcher at General Motors R&D until October 2011, and an assistant professor at McGill University, Canada until August 2014. His research interests are embedded systems, cyber-physical systems, and real-time systems, with three best paper awards in the above fields.
Welcome to CESCA, Dr. Zeng !
July 2014. CESCA Director Patrick Schaumont’s collaboration with Intel was recently featured in the Intel® Software Academic Program. Dr. Schaumont’s work on cryptographic engineering and computer security is being supported in part through an academic and research partnership with Intel. As an Intel® Academic partner, the ECE department has access to a broad portfolio of technical and academic support, such as Intel’s most-advanced technology for security engineering courses and research. Forums for intercollegiate collaboration are also available to researchers at the ECE department. Through the Intel® Academic Software Program, Dr. Schaumont has access to the most current software and hardware to teach, conduct his research, and access to collaborators from within Intel on the latest advancements in the field of cryptography and computer engineering.
Please check a 2-page brochure about the Intel® Software Academic Program with Virginia Tech for more information.
“Securing a partnership between Intel® and the Bradley Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Virginia Tech"
May 2014. A CESCA faculty member and Associate Professor Jung-Min "Jerry" Park was named the College of Engineering Faculty Fellow. For additional information, please check the news announcement about the College of Engineering Dean's Awards for Excellence on the College of Engineering website.
Congratulations to Dr. Park !
May 2014. The following students have graduated in Spring 2014.
May 2014. The following students will take an internship during Summer 2014.
May 2014. The Cornell Cup sponsored by Intel is a yearly competition organized by the Systems Engineering group at Cornell University. This year 33 teams participated in the competition, including Team Envision from Virginia Tech. Through a rigorous judging process, the top entries are selected. This year, the first, second and third places went to teams from WPI, Portland State, and Penn State, respectively.
Team Envision was recognized, along with 7 other teams, with honorable mention. Congratulations to all winning teams!
The Cornell Cup posted a video which highlights the event. Team Envision appears right at the start. Video
The Interactive Vision Assistant (IVA) is a tool to support the visually impaired with enhanced sensing and proactive feedback. Developed by five ECE graduate students, IVA performs face recognition using built-in image processing. IVA can also provide auditive instructions, such as directions or weather information, and it can detect obstacles in a user's path.
April 2014. The fifth annual CESCA Day was held on April 19. This year, for the first time, CESCA Day was held at an off-campus location near the scenic marina of Claytor Lake State Park in Dublin, VA.
The day consisted of research presentations, poster sessions, and other events. The welcoming remarks were given by Dr. Patrick Schaumont and Dr. Luke Lester, the ECE Department Head. Dr. Lester emphasized the importance of research centers as a model for academic excellence in a fast-paced, complex research environment such as the one required for embedded systems.
The keynote address was provided by Professor Marilyn Wolf, the Rhesa "Ray" S. Farmer Distinguished Chair of Embedded Computing Systems and Professor in School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Georgia Institute of Technology. Dr. Wolf reviewed her work in Smart Camera’s and offered a long-term perspective on the evolution of embedded systems and embedded systems design. She highlighted design of cyber-physical systems as one of the major upcoming challenges in embedded systems design.
The students in CESCA presented their research results through poster and oral presentations (2-minute Elevator Talks, presentations with slides). More than 34 high-quality posters covered a broad range of areas. These covered applications such as software radio, remote canopy detection and wireless location privacy. In design methods, the posters discussed correctness and verification of concurrent software, complex hardware IP’s and compliance of design specifications. In design and technologies, the posters reviewed hardware security and cryptographic engineering applications, low power design, and low-cost design.
During lunch, Dr. Nazhandali presented a thoughtful perspective on research success and happiness, and illustrated the key points of her talk by curating sections of several TED talks.
As one of the high points of CESCA Day, CESCA Awards were given to several graduate students. Dr. Park served as Award Chair and voting referee. CESCA faculty recognized those students’ academic excellence in three categories.
CESCA Outstanding Student Award (2 awards): Sarvesh Prabhu (Advisor: Hsiao) and Bo Gao (Advisors: Park and Yang)
Each for having five or more first-authored, peer-reviewed conference or journal papers published by CESCA Day 2014
CESCA Best Presentation Award: Nahid Farhady Ghalaty (Advisor: Schaumont)
for the presentation “Differential Fault Intensity Analysis Analyzing and Eliminating the Causes of Fault Sensitivity Analysis”
CESCA Best Poster Award: Aydin Aysu (Advisor: Schaumont)
for the poster “Design Dimensions for Secure Embedded Systems”
Please go to the CESCA Awards page for more information about the award criteria and qualifications.
Congratulations to Sarvesh, Bo, Nahid, and Aydin!
March 2014. A new research video “Energy Harvested Secured Wireless Sensor Node” has been posted on the CESCA Project Videos page. Graduate students Deepak Mane and Krishna Pabbuleti and CESCA Director Patrick Schaumont at Secure Embedded Systems lab designed and developed a prototype for an autonomous, self-powered wireless sensor node, which can harvest energy from ambient sources.
The sensor node consists of an MSP430, a low-power 8-bit microcontroller from TI which runs the signature algorithms and a 2.4GHz RF transceiver for communicating with the central server. The system harvests its energy from a solar panel and stores it in a super-capacitor. Energy harvesting and system power supply are managed by a custom-built IC from Anagear. Energy measurement infrastructure is also integrated in the system which can be used to measure the amount of energy consumed for computation and communication for different algorithms.
Please check the upcoming CESCA Newsletter for more details about their research and experiment setup.